POP sensation Louis Tomlinson – one fifth of One Direction – has signed a deal as a non-contract player to Doncaster Rovers FC.
The Championship team have taken advantage of Louis’ football passions and their location as his hometown club where he once worked on match days and issued the singer with a squad number for the following season.
As part of the signing it is hoped that Louis will be able to appear in Rovers colours at some point this season in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as well as train with the team.
Louis said: “This has always been a childhood dream for me. I feel very honoured to have been asked to sign for Rovers and being able to help both the club and the amazing charity Bluebell Wood is what it’s all about.”
Chairman John Ryan and the Manager Paul Dickov have given Louis the number 28 shirt. Ryan said: “I am honoured to let Louis play in my number to help raise money for the charity. I wore this in 2003 for my record beating appearance at Hereford and this is the first time I have allowed it to be used since but I felt this was a good cause.”
Club media manager Steve Uttley added: “Louis and I organised last season’s charity game, in aid Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which was a big success with over 9,000 fans attending.
“It was natural to follow on from that and Louis wanted more involvement to raise the profile of his home town club and Bluebell Wood. What started out as light hearted banter on text has moved on to reality, which is a great coup for the club.”